Each year a faculty selection committee selects recipients for nine significant awards presented to colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to the University community.

Nominations for these nine awards are due to the Office of the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs by January 23, 2020.

Award Descriptions

The Outstanding Administrator Award is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in administrative activities within the University.

Accomplishments will have had significant impact on students, their fields, the University, and/or the community at large.

The Outstanding Advisor Award is given to a faculty advisor who enhances student experiences through innovative activities outside of the classroom.

Outstanding advising activities may include academic or career advising, work with student groups, unique projects, and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate research or creative activities.

The Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award is given in recognition of contributions to the University community in the creative arts.

This includes:

  • dance
  • design arts
  • architecture
  • landscape architecture
  • folk arts
  • literature
  • media
  • music
  • theater
  • visual arts

Nominees should have outstanding cumulative creative and artistic achievement while employed at Ball State University. Unusual single or one-time contributions are also considered and nominees may be individuals or teams.

The Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence by a faculty member in championing and facilitating inclusive excellence.

The award is given on the basis of continuous and cumulative achievement at Ball State over a minimum of five years.

The Outstanding Faculty Award is given in recognition of demonstrated composite excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative productivity, and service by a faculty member who has an academic record at Ball State University of more than five years.

Faculty who have received the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in the past four years are not eligible. The award is given on the basis of cumulative achievement since coming to Ball State University.

The Outstanding Faculty Service Award is given in recognition of exceptional professional service, excluding administrative service.

Service may be to the department, college, University, profession, community, or a combination thereof.

The Outstanding Junior Faculty Award is given in recognition of demonstrated composite excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative productivity, and service by a faculty member beginning an academic career, who has been at Ball State University for no more than five years.

The award is given on the basis of cumulative achievement since coming to Ball State University.

The Outstanding Research Award is given to an individual faculty member in recognition of outstanding research achievement as cumulative work or a noteworthy single contribution.

All nominees will have evidence of exemplary scholarly productivity over a minimum of five years at Ball State University.

Research impact should be at a national or international scale as evidenced by citations, professional awards or recognition, funded grants or contracts, and letters of support.

The Outstanding Teaching Award is given in recognition of excellence in teaching inclusive of the highest standards of pedagogy, creativity, or innovation in the classroom and curricula.

Nominees should have demonstrated leadership in teaching methodologies and advancement of the scholarship of teaching.

The Lawhead Award is presented annually and is based on teaching evaluations, contribution to the University Core Curriculum, freshmen activities, service to the community, and support from faculty and students. 

This award was established courtesy of gifts from Victor Lawhead, former dean of Ball State's undergraduate programs, and his wife, Doris Lawhead, a former academic adviser.

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This award honors a full-time faculty member who has proven to be the most dedicated to teaching extended education courses at off-campus distance education sites.

The award was named after Joseph Rawlings, dean emeritus of the Division of Online and Strategic Learning. Rawlings worked nearly 20 years to create and develop the university's distance learning program.

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Creative Teaching Grant

Faculty interested in developing innovative and experimental approaches to education should consider applying for a Creative Teaching Grant, managed by our Division of Online and Strategic Learning. Learn more.

2019 Award Recipients

Outstanding Administrator

Laura Helms
Interim Dean of University College

Outstanding Advisor

Barry Umansky
Professor of Telecommunications

Outstanding Creative Endeavor

Jill Christman
Professor of English

Outstanding Diversity Advocate

Patricia Lang
Professor of Chemistry

Outstanding Faculty

Jackie Grutsch McKinney
Director of the Writing Center and Professor of English

Outstanding Faculty Service

Tarek Mahfouz
Associate Dean of the R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning and Professor of Construction Management

Outstanding Junior Faculty

Emily Rutter
Assistant Professor of English

Outstanding Research

Maoyong Fan
Professor of Economics

Outstanding Teaching

Mellisa Holtzman
Professor of Sociology

See all past winners (PDF)